1. 10 Burning Questions That Will Be Answered During 2014 NBA Training Camp

    Let's be honest: You can't learn everything you need to know about an NBA team during training camp. There's just no way to gauge things like chemistry or the effectiveness of new schemes until you see them in competition that's actually meaningful...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 5 months ago 35,691 reads 54 comments

  2. Is Reggie Jackson on Pace to Become the Next Eric Bledsoe?

    Oklahoma City Thunder guard Reggie Jackson has good reason to be monitoring the progress (or lack thereof) between restricted free agent Eric Bledsoe and the Phoenix Suns ...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 5 months ago 8,813 reads 30 comments

  3. Why It's 'Buyer Beware' When Dealing with the San Antonio Spurs

    Warning to any NBA team thinking about pursuing a sign-and-trade deal with the San Antonio Spurs for restricted free agent Aron Baynes : Walk away...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 5 months ago 14,622 reads 24 comments

  4. Derrick Rose Enters Next Season as Chicago Bulls' Biggest Question Mark

    The Chicago Bulls watched Derrick Rose play during the FIBA Basketball World Cup, but they still haven't really seen him—not the way they need to...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 5 months ago 12,030 reads 17 comments

  5. Are Eric Bledsoe and Phoenix Suns Reaching the Point of No Return?

    October 1 is fast approaching, and with it comes the merciful conclusion of the messy, drawn-out non-negotiation between the Phoenix Suns and Eric Bledsoe ...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 5 months ago 42,806 reads 121 comments

  6. What a Sign-and-Trade for Eric Bledsoe Would Have to Look Like

    The differences between Eric Bledsoe and the Phoenix Suns are rapidly becoming irreconcilable, and it's no longer crazy to ask if a divorce is the best thing for both parties...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 5 months ago 90,444 reads 247 comments

  7. Which NBA Team Has Best Young Talent?

    There's no more valuable commodity in the NBA than young talent. From a front-office perspective, young players (especially draftees) are cheaper, easy to mold and even easier to flip for other assets...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 5 months ago 127,313 reads 305 comments

  8. Pay or Pass: Which Young NBA Talents Are Worth Extending Early?

    NBA owners and general managers, get ready; it's decision time. The class of 2011 is due for a raise. October 31 marks the deadline to extend fourth-year players like Klay Thompson and Kawhi Leonard...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 5 months ago 23,439 reads 95 comments

  9. Is Business Making Basketball Less of a Priority for NBA Stars?

    Money matters to NBA superstars, but what if it matters too much? As endorsement deals explode, dwarfing actual on-court earnings for many of the game's biggest names, you wonder whether basketball might soon take a back seat...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 5 months ago 26,176 reads 62 comments

  10. What Fringe NBA Title Contenders Need to Get Over the Hump

    There are currently just a few surefire, no-questions-asked championship contenders in the NBA , but a number of other teams are close to joining that conversation...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 5 months ago 19,656 reads 146 comments

  11. LeBron James' Departure Will Reignite Fire Under Forgotten Miami Heat

    There's no way to argue a half-dozen dudes with something to prove somehow make up for the loss of LeBron James, but this year's Miami Heat are going to be one hell of a motivated group...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 5 months ago 14,999 reads 119 comments

  12. Can Carmelo Anthony Follow Superstar Blueprint in NY Knicks Triangle Offense?

    The triangle offense did great things for superstars of the past like Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant . Now, Carmelo Anthony hopes to be the next in line...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 5 months ago 21,563 reads 70 comments

  13. Is This DeMarcus Cousins' Last Chance to Prove He's a Franchise Player?

    If this ends up being the year DeMarcus Cousins finally seizes the opportunity laid out in front of him—if he becomes the leader so many of us want—know this: He laid groundwork with Team USA...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 6 months ago 24,452 reads 99 comments

  14. Could Anything Possibly Go Wrong for Team USA's FIBA Tournament Run Now?

    Team USA easily survived its Murphy's Law game, recovering from a sluggish first half to smash Lithuania 96-68 in the semifinal round of the FIBA World Cup. Now that we've seen the U...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 6 months ago 44,876 reads 97 comments

  15. Should Golden State Warriors Worry About Splash Brothers' Busy Summer?

    California is suffering through its worst drought since 1977, which is why the Golden State Warriors really can't afford for the FIBA World Cup to dehydrate the Splash Brothers...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 6 months ago 15,150 reads 13 comments

  16. 5 Potential Dark-Horse NBA Playoff Teams for 2014-15 Season

    In the long, unbroken quiet of the NBA offseason, a man can get to thinking strange thoughts—thoughts that, if examined at another time of year, might seem a little crazy. Thoughts like this: The Milwaukee Bucks might make the playoffs...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 6 months ago 37,380 reads 137 comments

  17. Kobe Bryant Will Be Byron Scott's Biggest Test as Los Angeles Lakers Coach

    Byron Scott will face many challenges in his first season as head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers , but his biggest—by far—will be the delicate task of managing Kobe Bryant 's workload...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 6 months ago 1,630 reads 8 comments

  18. Unanswered Questions Linger in Aftermath of Atlanta Hawks Controversy

    The past couple of days have taught us an awful lot about the Atlanta Hawks , Bruce Levenson, Danny Ferry and even the NBA . But we're going to learn a whole lot more before the racially charged controversy fades into the recesses of the news cycle...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 6 months ago 8,897 reads 36 comments

  19. What's Bradley Beal's NBA Ceiling?

    Projecting Bradley Beal 's NBA career is a difficult, almost scary, proposition. Not just because he's so young and so much could change over the next 15 years or so, though that's at least a small part of the worry with any prediction...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 6 months ago 10,258 reads 40 comments

  20. No. 14 Best City to Be a Sports Fan: San Francisco Bay Area

    How much does where you live matter as a sports fan? The short answer is: It depends. If you're an Alabama football fan, there's no better place to live than Tuscaloosa. If you're a Red Sox fan, there's no worse place to live than New York City...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 6 months ago 16,093 reads 63 comments

  21. Is FIBA World Cup Run a Sign of Career Resurgence for Pau Gasol?

    Pau Gasol has looked good in the 2014 FIBA World Cup, which could mean something great is in store for him and his new Chicago Bulls teammates next season...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 6 months ago 44,208 reads 96 comments

  22. Team USA vs. Spain: Position-by-Position Comparison of FIBA World Cup Top 2

    You know it, I know it, and the rest of planet knows it: The 2014 FIBA World Cup is a two-team tournament in which America and Spain are basically just goofing around until they tangle, inevitably, in the final...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 6 months ago 35,417 reads 93 comments

  23. Biggest Takeaways from Sunday's FIBA World Cup of Basketball Round of 16 Play

    Sixteen FIBA World Cup hopefuls clashed this past weekend, narrowing the field by half and ratcheting up the international hoops intensity by, oh, let's say double...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 6 months ago 16,592 reads 9 comments

  24. Will Team USA Spawn the NBA's Next Superstar Pairing?

    Being a member of Team USA is a big deal in its own right, but sometimes, it's actually the beginning of something even bigger. Players representing the U.S...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 6 months ago 44,442 reads 82 comments

  25. How the D-League Can Become the NBA's Next Big Thing

    The NBA Developmental League has come a long way since its creation in 2001, and it has the potential to go even further in the coming years. There's plenty of work to be done, and the changes necessary will be closer to overhauls than tweaks...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 6 months ago 60,580 reads 55 comments